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Week 8, Term One, 2016

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The semester is quickly drawing to a close and this week has seen students busily preparing for the final performances of the term whilst the Junior School Students have been working at capacity to have everything in readiness for their three shows of Shrek starting on Sunday.

Upcoming Events

On Saturday evening (March 19), members of the Jazz Band and the Show Choir will be involved in the Japanese Yume (Dream) concert. The concert is presenting an evening of Japanese culture with Taiko Drum performances.

This coming week sees the Junior Musical take place on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Hopefully, all have organised the purchase of their tickets online through the events office Tickets can also be purchased in person at the events office. Please note that no telephone bookings will be able to be taken. Tickets are selling quickly.

Also, next week sees the Concert Band putting together their first concert for the year, for the Performers in Training Series Concert. This will occur on Tuesday at 5.00 pm. The concert will conclude at approx. 5.30 pm. We hope to see many parents and friends at this concert for this short but sure to be entertaining concert. Bring a blanket or folding chair as the concert will be held in the quad.

The Show Choir will be performing on the final Thursday of term in their usual spot as the pre Grandparents’ and Special Friends' Day entertainment. The group look forward to this performance each year as it always brings back pleasant memories of their time in the Junior School with this event.

Over the holiday break, the musical which we all grew to love in 2015, 'HAIRSPRAY', is coming to life again at the Brisbane Convention Centre! Starring Christine Anu, Tim Campbell and Lauren McKenna alongside a cast of over 800 performers, our very own Somerset College students Candice Taylor and Lilly Thompson will also be taking to the stage. Don’t miss the largest production of 'HAIRSPRAY' ever staged in the world! Get in quick to support Candice and Lilly as the season is limited and selling out fast! HAIRSPRAY plays for five performances only from 8 - 10 April at the Brisbane Convention Centre. To book now visit or

Upcoming Opportunities

Oz Casting is running a film acting workshop, ‘Screen for Teens’, with Acting Coach and Casting Director, Evette Henderson over the upcoming holiday break. The one day workshop, held on April 5th will look at audition technique, script analysis and character development and will provide you with a professional film of your work throughout the afternoon. The cost of the workshop is $90 and it will be held at the Helensvale Cultural Centre. For further information and to secure your place, please visit


During the Celebration of Literature Festival, students were kept busy performing at various functions in support of the festival. Each of the lunch times saw various students perform for the assembled crowds who were savouring the delights of the Hardback Café. Students who performed during the lunch times were Olivia Bourne, Charlize Hinze, Serena Walsh, Elysse Cornford, Jenny Song, Simran Pasricha, Bill Carrett, Madi Hayden-Smith, Lilly Thompson, Daiana Yoon, Anneliese McConnell, Vanessa Chuah, Zac Irwin, Amelia Braithwaite, Candice Taylor, Karen Chen, Kevin Song, Georgina Powell and Yeva Brereton. Congratulations to all as it is a very daunting task to sing in front of a crowd of your peers. Well done!

Additionally, congratulations must go to the cast and student director of the production of ‘The Surfer and The Mermaid’ which took to the stage during the Celebration of Literature. Our talented cast consisted of; Noah Jay, Tal Mougrabi, Liron Lelah, Jenna Goldie, Anna Boone, Lilly Thompson, Madeleine Strickland, Vivi Baker, Bella Harris, Kristen Crasto, Tanisha Chadha, Olivia Hammond and Amy Luke-Paredi. A special mention must go to our student director, Olivia Bourne, who brought together an outstanding and engaging performance. Well done! You can read more about this production here.

The Technical Services Crew were also extraordinarily busy throughout the Celebration of Literature, and the College recognises the extraordinary work that they undertook behind the scenes to ensure the success and smooth running of this large scale event. Thank you, Techies!

Friday evening saw the Senior String Orchestra provide the background music for diners at the Literary Long Table evening. The group created a pleasant ambiance for canapés, entree and the main course. Thanks again to the members of this ensemble and their director Mr Mario Keczan for all their hard work putting together their programm.

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